Blouses by Lisa Casper

If you are one of the lucky ones, you are down here in New Orleans for The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown this weekend. The good news is there’s going to be some killer live music, awesome dancing, AND clothing made with love by the lovely Lisa Casper! Here is a preview of the clothing she will be selling this weekend. You can find her clothing, along with other local vendors available at The French Market.

Super cute, right?! Not only that, but she also makes skirts (mine in coming soon), hair flowers (which I have also been selling), and t-shirt prints! Uh…..she’s fabulous!!

Gatsby Summer Afternoon

Guess what I’m doing tomorrow?

The Art Deco Society Of California Presents
The 27th Annual Gatsby Summer Afternoon

Sunday, September 11, 2011 1-6PM

Dunsmuir Helman Historic Estate
2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94615

On the second Sunday in September the Art Deco Society of California hosts its annual Gatsby Summer Afternoon at the historic Dunsmuir Helman House in Oakland California.

The Gatsby Summer Afternoon lets several hundred aficionados of the 1920s and 30s step back to a time when elegance was a way of life and the Charleston and Fox Trot were all the rage. This is not a spectator event; every guest is part of the scene in their vintage best. From 1-6 p.m. the panoramic Dunsmuir front lawn becomes the stage on which all participants play, picnic, dance, and sip champagne; reminiscent of a scene from The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel of 1925.


Gatsby Summer Afternoon

Dancing is just one of the Gatsby Summer Afternoon Delights!

Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra
With Carla Normand
Dance to RSJO’S Authentic Jazz Era Arrangements

The Great Gatsby Bathing Beauty Revue With
The DecoBelles

Toast the Crowning of This Year’s Miss Art Deco

Grand Motor Car Exhibit
Enjoy Dozens of Art Deco Era Autos on Display

Wine Tasting
Wine provided by LeVin Winery—Commemorative Wine Glass $5

Dunsmuir House Tours
Complimentary House Tours 2pm to 3pm

Prizes will be awarded:
Best Auto, Best Costumes for Ladies, Gents and Children, Best Picnics, Petite to Grand, Best Charleston

A Fashion Parade at which you can show off your vintage style in a promenade before our stage!

Dance Demos featuring your favorites like the Foxtrot, Charleston or Lindy

Surprises every year!

With everyone attending this event in period fashion, the effect is amazing! Guests bring period-perfect picnics, with elaborate spreads, complete with silver, crystal, linens and china; to simple wicker baskets on vintage print tablecloths.

Afternoon attire from 1920-1940 (or reasonable facsimile) is required.

Some places to find clothing:

Clothing: Vintage and Custom

Anna Newman Vintage Fashion
1125 El Camino Real
San Carlos, Ca. 94070
(650) 631-1600

Costume Party
Wearable vintage for men & women
1058 Hyde Street (at California)
San Francisco Ca 94109
(415) 885-3377
Mon – Sat. 11am – 7pm Sun. 12 – 6pm

By Kimberly Manning Aker and Sara Klotz de Aguilar

Decades of Fashion
Great selection for men, women & children
1740 Haight St (between Cole St & Shrader St)
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 668-8202

Fascination – Antique Trove
Especially accessories! By appointment
1119 Industrial Road, Space #12
San Carlos, CA.
(510) 793-5895

La Rosa Vintage
Finest men’s & women’s vintage
1711 Haight Street (between Cole St & Shrader St)
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 668-3744

Recapture Vintage Bridal Designs
Retro & custom ~ accessories ~ gifts
5405 College Ave.
Oakland, CA
(510) 530-5828

Limited edition vintage re-creations
Platt Building 834 South Broadway Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 488-3387

San Anselmo

Theresa LaQuey Couture
Custom designs
(510) 635.6554

Torso Vintages
A rare collection ~ women’s & men’s
272 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 391-3166

Gowns of 1934

Pictures and content reblogged from Couture Allure Vintage Fashion

Maggy Rouff purple and gold silk gown worn with a large purple velvet scarf.

Chanel gold lamé evening gown. The bodice is embroidered with gold metallic threads.

Callot Soeurs silk faille gown in dove gray with pink pleated frills at the back.

Jacques Heim black silk satin mermaid hem gown worn with a white fox fur stole.

Marcel Rochas black silk stripe gown with ruffles down the sides. The gown is adorned with a bird made of black feathers that has a diamante beak.

I found these dresses on Couture Allure Vintage Fashion, which is “a blog for lovers of vintage clothing and fashion, where you can learn about vintage styles, designers, and design concepts through photos from the past. [It] also feature vintage garments available for sale [on her]  website.” You should subscribe to this site like I do and enjoy all of her fabulous posts! Speaking of which, here are some of her popular posts:
The Issue of Dry Cleaning

How to Find a Good Dry Cleaner for Your Vintage Garments

The Proliferation of Unrealistic Digitally Enhanced Images in Advertising

How to Find the Vintage Wedding Dress of Your Dreams

What to Wear for a 1959 Party

Friday Charm School Series:

How to Walk Like a Lady

How to Stand Like a Lady

How to Sit Like a Lady, Part 1

How to Sit Like a Lady, Part 2

Handling Stairs and Cars Like a Lady

How to Enter and Leave a Room Like a Lady

How to Carry a Purse and Wear Gloves Like a Lady

Modern Foundation Garments to Make your Vintage Dresses Fit Correctly

Why Should You Wear a Slip?